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NAACP calls for federal probe after noose placed on black high school football player in Mississippi

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:35 GMT

Derrick Johnson, left, president of the Mississippi NAACP, center left, talks to the media on behalf of Stacey Payton, center right, and Hollis Payton, behind his wife Stacey, in front of the Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins, Miss., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Johnson is demanding a federal investigation after the parents said four white students put a noose around their son's neck at school.

Now is the time to protect yourself, loved ones during tornado season

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:52:10 GMT

With almost one more month of the hurricane season remaining, Mississippians are starting to gear up for another season of serious weather. Nov. 30 marks the end of hurricane season for states lining the Gulf of Mexico.

Drug testing of welfare applicants not leading to treatment

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:20:08 GMT

No one in Mississippi who's applied for welfare assistance through a federal program has undergone treatment since the state enacted a drug testing law two years ago. State Department of Human Services spokesman Paul Nelson tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the agency hasn't spent any money for drug treatment as a result of drug testing under the Temporary Aid For Needy Families program.

Heart Gallery unveiled at Mississippi Children's Museum

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:08:06 GMT

They are the faces of children who need permanent homes. First Lady Deborah Bryant joined those who work to place children in permanent homes, advocates and supporters at the Mississippi Children's Museum for a special unveiling Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney announces Election Day efforts to protect the right to vote

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:07:31 GMT

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wansley will lead the efforts the U. S. Attorney's Office in connection with the Justice Department's nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 8 general elections. AUSA Chris Wansley has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Southern District of Mississippi, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District's handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Our Opinion: Chaney makes a timely health care intervention

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:02:48 GMT

North Mississippi Health Services, which operates important hospitals in north Mississippi, and United Health Care, an insurance provider, play a major role in our region's health industry. Their disagreement about charges and reimbursements handled by United under its contract with NMHS could lead to the end of the contract in a little more than two months.

Gladney critical of Palazzo veteran votes on eve of USM debate

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:26:53 GMT

The Democratic challenger in the upcoming election for Congress in Mississippi's 4th Congressional District is criticizing the Republican incumbent for some of his votes on veterans issues. And Tuesday, Mark Gladney again said Steven Palazzo is "dodging" voters by declining to take part in a debate at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Kendrick Lamar's civil rights anthem 'Alright' almost didn't happen

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:37:51 GMT

Its eclectic mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk, and myriad of other styles is a testament to the incredible range of the Compton-born rapper. The album won Lamar four Grammy awards in 2016, bringing his total to seven.

How the GOP Can Salvage A Terrible Election Year

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:11:53 GMT

Can Republicans salvage their congressional majorities in the Year of Trump? Each day brings conflicting evidence. Donald Trump's stalling poll numbers are depressing performance for Republican Senate candidates in swing states like Nevada and Florida, and some are predicting big losses for the GOP in the Senate.

Mississippi lawmakers examine agencies' travel expenses - Mississippi Business Journal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:48:04 GMT

Mississippi legislators are combing through state agencies' travel reports to try to cut costs on events such as out-of-state conferences.

Kicking, shoving, and pulled out hair extensions in video of vicious Fremantle brawl

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:28:20 GMT

'These sick animals held her down and kicked and stomped on her': Father's anger after flash mob of 30 to 40 teens beat his daughter near Temple University in wave of horror group attacks Obamacare premiums are set for DOUBLE DIGIT hikes next year, averaging at 22% - as Trump warns, I told you so Father dies and his two children are injured after he jumped off a highway bridge into a New Jersey river with the youngsters in his arms in domestic dispute Is THIS the secret to happiness? Blogger reveals the 15 things you need to give up to feel content - including excuses, fear and control 'The worst thing in the world would be if something happened to my little girl': Elizabeth Smart says having a daughter makes her think her nine-month captivity and rape horror was harder on her parents then it was on her 'I'm walking away with peace': Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, 30, retires ... (more)

NAACP seeks federal probe after noose put on black student

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:55:46 GMT

Derrick Johnson, left, president of the Mississippi NAACP, talks to the media on behalf of Stacey Payton and Hollis Payton, seen in the background, the parents of a high school student, in front of the Stone County Courthouse i... . Members of the community gather before Derrick Johnson, left, president of the Mississippi NAACP, speaks in front of the Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins, Miss., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.

Briefing: 5 dead in wrong-way crash on highway

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:55:45 GMT

The remains of a car that carried four college students and was involved in a fiery crash as a result of being struck head-on. Photo / AP Horrific mistake Five people, including four college students, died in a fiery crash caused by a woman driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway, state police said.

Sign marking brutal slaying of Emmett Till in Mississippi riddled with bullet holes

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:31:22 GMT

Working on a film about Emmett Till , the African American teen brutally slain in 1955, had already been an emotional experience for Kevin Wilson Jr. A graduate film student at New York University, Wilson set out to document Till's life earlier this year, speaking with one of Till's cousins who was there 61 years ago when the 14-year-old was abducted, mutilated and dumped in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River. "I'm struggling to keep it together," he wrote in a post on the film's fundraising page over the summer.

Mississippi's West Nile total rises to 32 cases this year

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:58:06 GMT

Mississippi health officials confirm two new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total to 32 cases this year. The state Department of Health says in a news release Monday that the new cases of the mosquito-borne virus are in Rankin and Sunflower counties.

'Noose put around neck of black student in Mississippi'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:44:22 GMT

White students at a US high school put a noose around the neck of a black student and "yanked backward". The hate crime claims, centring on a south Mississippi school, emerged on Monday from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People .

Alabama lawsuit that weakened Voting Rights Act means fewer election monitors nationwide

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:44:21 GMT

Voters cast their ballots at the Francis Collins Fitness Center Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Gulfport, Miss. November's presidential election is the first in more than 50 years in which the federal government won't send a full complement of specially trained observers to monitor elections in states, like Mississippi, with long records of discriminatory voting practices.